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At Close Range (1986)

R | | Crime, Drama | 18 April 1986 (USA)
In 1978 Pennsylvania, an absentee father is reacquainted with his estranged teenage sons who become intrigued with his romanticized life of crime.

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James Foley

Writers:

Elliott Lewitt (story), Nicholas Kazan (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Penn ... Brad Jr.
Christopher Walken ... Brad Sr.
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Terry
Chris Penn ... Tommy (as Christopher Penn)
Millie Perkins ... Julie
Eileen Ryan ... Grandma
Tracey Walter ... Patch
R.D. Call ... Dickie
David Strathairn ... Tony Pine
J.C. Quinn ... Boyd
Candy Clark ... Mary Sue
Jake Dengel Jake Dengel ... Lester
Kiefer Sutherland ... Tim
Stephen Geoffreys ... Aggie
Crispin Glover ... Lucas
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Storyline

Based upon the true story of Bruce Johnston Sr., his son, and his brothers; together, they constituted one of suburban Philadelphia's most notorious crime families during the 1970s. Their criminal activities ranged from burglary, theft... and ultimately, murder. Written by LizFL

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They were two live wires in a dead-end town, both searching for the only family they'd ever known...each other. See more »

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Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf kurze Distanz See more »

Filming Locations:

Franklin, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$180,286, 20 April 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,347,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinema '85, Hemdale See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scenes at the restaurant were filmed at the Bell Cove Club in Hendersonville, Tn. See more »

Goofs

In the first heist after Brad quits his dad, they are stealing tractors from the Franklin Implement Inc which is where the film was made in Tennessee rather than Pennsylvania where it took place. See more »

Quotes

Brad Whitewood Sr.: [to Brad, Jr] Boy ain't got the life expectancy of a housefly.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by 1 min 1 sec by the BBFC to remove scenes of a cockfight. The 1986 Rank video version was pre-edited by the distributors to remove most of the scene beforehand and subsequently the cuts were reduced to 14 secs. However MGM submitted the original cinema print for the 2003 DVD release and thus 49 secs were cut from the same scene. See more »


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Written by Bill LaBounty and Craig Bickhardt (as Craig Brickhardt)
Performed by Bill LaBounty
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Better than I thought (revised review)...
7 December 2000 | by The_CoreSee all my reviews

Having recently purchased this movie on DVD and viewed it again, I feel compelled to amend my prior comments. On the most recent viewing, I watched the movie much more carefully than on prior viewings, and can now see the motivations of the character(s) more clearly, and how the 'situation' portrayed in the film spiralled out of control (click on my username to read my prior review for "At Close Range," in which I questioned the actions of the villain). On more careful viewing, the whole thing makes a lot more sense.

I want to revise my prior comment -- this is a superb film, and I've voted again and now give this film 9/10. If you haven't seen it, now's a great chance. Great acting by *everyone*, especially Sean Penn and Christopher Walken (this is one of Walken's best parts ever).

The DVD version of the film just came out (I had it on preorder and received it yesterday), and I have to say how impressed I am with the transfer. Absolutely superlative, clear picture quality, although I can't evaluate the sound because I have only stereo speakers, no dolby surround. But the video transfer itself is one of the best I've seen for a movie this old, looking like the film might just have been made six months ago. It appears that quite a bit of work went into restoration. If you have a DVD player, you owe it to yourself to get this film on DVD, although the only 'special feature' is the original theatrical trailer. The film is offered in both widescreen and pan-and-scan formats (two-sided single-layer).

Revised Review: 9/10


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